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Baby Face Harrington (1935)

Passed | | Comedy, Crime | 12 April 1935 (USA)
Willie Harrington is a wimpy small-town bookkeeper at a bank who unwittingly gets involved with the country's toughest gangster and his gang, and he gets suspected of being the leader of ... See full summary »

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Willie Harrington is a wimpy small-town bookkeeper at a bank who unwittingly gets involved with the country's toughest gangster and his gang, and he gets suspected of being the leader of the gang. Hiis wife, Millie, files for divorce when she learns of his suspected-affiliation with the gangsters. The police have an all-out manhunt going for him, while he is being held by the gangsters in their hideout. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The Laugh-Riot Of A Timid Soul! See more »

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Comedy | Crime

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Passed | See all certifications »
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12 April 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Public Enemy No. 2  »

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(Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The play, "Something to Brag About," opened on Broadway in New York City, New York, USA on 13 August 1925, but had only 4 performances. See more »

Quotes

Uncle Henry: Hold on, Willie!
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Soundtracks

Hiking, Hiking, Hiking
(uncredited)
Composer unknown
Sung by Charles Butterworth and Nat Pendleton
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much better than you'd think
17 May 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The story of a mild mannered milquetoast (today he'd be called a loser) played by Charles Butterworth, who gets mixed up with criminals, cops and a bank robbery. He predictably winds up a hero. But I believe the story here is secondary to the cast, which features Una Merkel (brightens up any film in which she appears), Nat Pendleton, who made a career of playing gangsters and dumb cops, Eugene Palette as a detective and Donald Meek, who for once played a role that wasn't particularly in keeping with his name. Butterworth underplayed a role that was meant to be underplayed, and did it beautifully. Call it a B picture, a bill filler or whatever, it was a pure pleasure watching some of the great character actors of the '30's carry a film in which the focus was not on a major star.


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